Homicide covers a wide array of actual crimes that essentially boil down to the same thing -- the accused party is claimed to have cause the death of another person through some sort of action.  This action could be voluntary, involuntary, premeditated, in the heat of the moment, or the commission of a crime, but if the action causes the death of another, it is a homicide.  

Homicide is widely considered to be the most severe crime a person can commit, and the penalties that go along with a conviction for homicide bear this out.  Since MN does not have the death penalty, a life sentence is the maximum sentence you can receive for a homicide conviction.  If you are convicted of 1st degree murder, this penalty is mandatory.  For 2nd degree murder, you can serve up to 40 years in prison.  3rd degree murder can carry a sentence of up to 25 years, and manslaughter can carry up to 15 years.

Needless to say, homicide allegations are not something to be played around with.  If you believe that it is possible that you could be a suspect in a homicide investigation, it is imperative that you speak with a MN defense attorney immediately.  Any delay could result in significant harm to your defense options.  Call or email a Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney with The Law Office of Brodie Hacken today to give yourself the best chance at a positive outcome.